The Horror of the Somme

Why Evolution Is True

As I noted in this morning’s Hili Dialogue, today is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, a bloody conflict that lasted 141 days—from 1 July to 18 November, 1916. The total casualties of the battle, as you can see below, were over a million, with 146,000 Allied soldiers killed along with 164,000 Germans. In contrast, the number of UK soldiers lost over the entire course of World War II was 373,000, with between 4 and 5 million German soldiers dying from all causes (and on two fronts). On the first day of the Somme, 100 years ago today, nearly 63,000 soldiers of all nationalities were killed, injured or captured; this according to a document sent me by reader Pyers, “The First Day on the Somme,” which he wrote for his job. Over 19,000 British soldiers were killed on that day along with 10,000-12,000 German soldiers. (Note that the ratio of killed…

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